The Mavericks (35-35) also made it back to .500 by winning for the
first time on their court since March 1 and clinched the season
series against Portland.
Nowitzki reached 40 for the first time since Jan. 11, 2024, and
drilled a 3-pointer to cap an 11-0 run to open the extra session. He
became only the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 40 at
age 37 or older. The others are Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabber
and Karl Malone.
Deron Williams added season highs in points (31) and assists (16)
for the Mavs, who were without Chandler Parsons. The Blazers
received 26 points from Damien Lillard, 24 from Allen Crabbe and 22
from CJ McCollum. Lillard tied the game at 113-all with a driving
bank with 29.7 seconds left in regulation.
Kings 88, Knicks 80
NEW YORK -- DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points and grabbed 20
rebounds to lift Sacramento past New York.
Cousins, the NBA's fourth-leading scorer, scored seven
fourth-quarter points to help put the game away. Rudy Gay added 17
points, Omri Casspi returned after missing a game with a sore left
ankle to chip in 15 points off the bench, and guard Darren Collison
contributed 13 points, six assists and three steals for Sacramento.
Robin Lopez had one of his best games of the season for the Knicks,
who were without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony due to lingering
effects of a migraine. Lopez finished with 23 points and 20
rebounds, and rookie Kristaps Porzingis added 13 points and seven
Raptors 105, Magic 100
TORONTO -- Toronto pulled within one game of the Cleveland Cavaliers
in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, defeating
DeMar DeRozan led the way with a game-high 25 points and five
assists. Luis Scola added 20 points and eight rebounds while Kyle
Lowry chipped in with 18 points and seven assists. Bismack Biyombo
(12 points, 11 rebounds) picked up his third double-double in four
games while filling in for the injured Jonas Valanciunas.
Orlando was paced by 21 points and six rebounds from Victor Oladipo,
while Evan Fournier had 21 points. Canadian Andrew Nicholson chipped
in with 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
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Pelicans 109, Clippers 105
NEW ORLEANS -- Despite learning before the game that All-Star
forward Anthony Davis would have season-ending knee surgery,
short-handed New Orleans placed six of its eight dressed players in
double figures, led by Jrue Holiday with 22, and defeated Los
Holiday hit two free throws with 24.8 seconds left to give the
Pelicans a 106-103 lead. J.J. Redick cut it to 106-105 with a
reverse layup at 15.3 seconds, but Luke Babbitt made two free throws
to make it 108-105 with 14.5 seconds left. Clippers guard Austin
Rivers missed a 3-pointer with one second left.
In addition to Holiday, the Pelicans were also led by Dante
Cunningham (19 points) and Tim Frazier (17). The Clippers lost for
the fourth time in five games despite 24 points each from Chris Paul
and J.J. Redick.
Jazz 94, Bucks 85
MILWAUKEE -- Seven players scored in double figures to help Utah
beat the Milwaukee.
Gordon Hayward, who struggled Saturday against Chicago in his return
following a two-game absence due to plantar fasciitis, led the Jazz
with 18 points. Shelvin Mack had 13 points for Utah and matched his
career high with 12 assists to record his third double-double in his
last four games.
Jabari Parker scored 19 for the Bucks, who got 13 points from Khris
Celtics 120, 76ers 105
PHILADELPHIA -- Amir Johnson was a beast underneath, hitting nine of
10 shots for 18 points, and Jared Sullinger bulled his way to 17
hard-fought points and 13 rebounds as Boston topped Philadelphia.
Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points, Avery Bradley had 20 points, and
Evan Turner contributed 17 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics.
Philadelphia's Carl Landry scored 26 points and grabbed eight
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